Scotland politics

Scottish election: Hustings 'first in living memory'

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Image caption The hustings ahead of May's election could be the first in more than 100 years

A village in Sutherland is to hold what has been described as its first political hustings in living memory.

Tongue lies on the north Highland coast and the event is expected to draw audience members from other communities such as Melvich and Assynt.

The hustings has been arranged by the Church of Scotland in Melness and Tongue and its chairman will be the Reverend Stewart Goudie.

He said it was thought to be the first in more than 100 years.

Taking part will be Rob Gibson of the SNP, John Mackay for Labour, Conservative Edward Mountain, Robbie Rowantree of the Liberal Democrats and the Greens' Eleanor Scott.

It will be held in Tongue Hall on 14 April from 1900 BST.

Reverend Goudie said: "The May elections to the Scottish Parliament are important to us all.

"Although some candidates sometimes visit us we have never had the opportunity of getting them all together on the same platform, when local people can question them directly."

He added: "This meeting will provide such an opportunity and we are grateful to the candidates for agreeing to attend."

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